|Hello, I’m Melissa, founder and voice behind the shopping & lifestyle blog, All Things Simplified. I launched this blog in 2014 after my husband and I fulfilled a longtime dream of moving our family from Central Florida to the Northwest Rocky Mountains of Montana, in an attempt to simplify our lives in every aspect, to change the way we go about each day, to live life at a slower pace, and spend more time experiencing the great outdoors with our sons. This blog is a place to share that journey and my personal quest for all things simplified...lovely clothes, beautiful wardrobes, smart budgets and shopping, life adventures and experiences, daily domestics, and much more.|
Prior to All Things Simplified I authored the blog Fabulous Florida Mommy, which was created in 2008 to showcase the set designs I styled by request for a weekly segment called 'Dear FFM: Help Put Together a J.Crew Outfit for Me' on the J.Crew Aficionada blog. That blog later expanded to include my other personal interests including shopping, beauty, personal picks, kids, homeschooling, food, and much more. Once I moved to the Northwest United States however, I retired the blog, creating All Things Simplified to take its place.
A little more about me...I was born in the north, but my parents moved to Florida when I was two, so that is where I spent my childhood, teen years, and much of my adult life. I traveled to Europe after graduating high school, and spent several months exploring the beautiful sites in many of the countries. In my early twenties I worked on a ranch in Great Falls, Montana, lived with a friend on Long Island, NY, and spent time in Memphis, TN to be with my 5 year-old cousin who was then a patient at St. Jude Research Hospital for Children. I started dating my husband in my mid-twenties and we married a couple years later. We have four sons ages 18, 13, 11, and 9. They are all funny, loving, inquisitive, and full of life...there's never a dull moment when they're around! I am a girly-girl, a-type personality who likes to keep things clean and organized, so needless to say I have had to learn to just take a deep breath and 'not sweat the small stuff' when it comes to living in a house full of boys.
I am CEO of my household and owner of this website, so I wear many hats which include wife, mother, home educator, domestic diva, bargain hunter, personal shopper, and style consultant to name just a few. I find great joy in sharing my discoveries of beautiful items and images, lovely clothes, information on sales, and any bargains I may come across. I love to help other women shop for items that enhance their wardrobe and personal body-type, making them feel good about themselves, and happy with their purchases. I have written numerous blog posts about planning purchases and staying on budget , as well as dressing for the size you are now. I have always had a passion for putting together lovely outfits and thoroughly enjoy styling looks for clients using a combination of new purchases and items already in their wardrobe, as well as helping them pack for trips and vacations to help ease the 'stress' of figuring out just what to take. I do offer online services which allow me to work remotely with clients anywhere in the world. You can read testimonials from two of my 'long distance' clients here.
My new life in the mountains has been an exciting experience so far, and one that I look forward to sharing with you! I am really glad you're here, and hope you'll stay awhile! If you have a question, comment, anything you want me to share, are interested in my styling services, or simply just want to say hi, please email me at email@example.com. Thank you so much again for stopping by!